GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — A former substitute teacher who was arrested for sex crimes has been given more charges.
Richard Gene Martin, 73, was taken into custody on May 10. He appeared in court Monday after being charged with a count of first-degree rape and two additional counts of indecent liberties on May 20, court documents show.
That brings the total number of charges against Martin to 13.
Martin is accused of having inappropriate relationships with at least two students while employed with Guilford County Schools.
A neighbor of Martin’s told FOX8 that something didn’t sit right with her about the man.
According to warrants, the two victims were between the ages of 13 and 18. He was a substitute at Grimsley High School at some point during his time with GCS, which is where one of the victims was a student.
He’s accused of forcing a 13-year-old to take drugs and perform sexual acts.
An officer working on the case says that Martin has been committing sex crimes “for years” on children. It’s unclear if there will be additional charges.
Martin currently faces the following charges:
- Indecent liberties with children by a school official (May 10)
- Indecent liberties with children (May 10)
- Statutory rape/sex offense of a person 13,14,15 years of age by defendant 6 years older (May 10)
- Contributing to the delinquency of a minor (May 10)
- Felony possession of marijuana (May 10)
- Maintain dwelling/vehicle for controlled substance (May 10)
- Possession of a schedule I controlled substance (May 10)
- Possession of marijuana paraphernalia (May 10)
- First-degree rape (May 20)
- Two counts of indecent liberties with children (May 20)
The Guilford County Schools released this statement regarding the arrest:
“We are deeply troubled by this news and the horrific breach of trust, and we are providing all necessary resources to support the law enforcement investigation. We encourage anyone with additional information to come forward. As always, our counseling staff are available to students who desire support.”Dr. Rebecca Kaye, GCS Chief of Staff
He’d been working with GCS since 2017. As of April 26, he was no longer an active substitute.
Officials with GCS say that substitutes go through the same background checks as part-time and full-time employees, completed by an outside vendor. Prior to these charges, Martin’s record shows only traffic violations.
After the additional charges were brought against him, his bond was increased from $500,000 to a total of $800,000.
Anyone who thinks they have information about additional information is asked to report it to Greensboro Police Department.